NCL Homeports in Amsterdam for the First Time

Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is celebrating its first season of cruises from the Netherlands, Amsterdam with the European debut of Norwegian Pearl, growing the brand’s presence to six ships in the region for the first time.

On June 8, Norwegian Pearl’s Captain, Paul von Knorring, and the ship’s officers were honoured with a plaque and key to the city of Amsterdam from local officials from the Port of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Cruise Port and Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, as part of the maritime tradition.

On May 11, the 2,400-passenger Pearl embarked on its first summer season in Europe, where it became the largest ship to sail on the Thames River at Tilbury in Essex, England. It will cruise the North and Baltic Seas until end of June, before repositioning to Rome (Civitavecchia) for a season of varied Mediterranean voyages.

“As the only North American cruise line to sail Europe year-round, we are very excited to offer guests new and interesting itineraries full of history, culture and diverse landscapes while they enjoy our various ships in the region, including Norwegian Pearl, which is homeporting in Europe for the first time,” said NCL president Andy Stuart.

During its first season in Europe, Norwegian Pearl will sail 10 14-day cruises to the Greek Isles; the Mediterranean; and the French, Spanish and Italian Riviera’s from Amsterdam, Netherlands; Barcelona, Spain; and Venice and Rome Italy through Oct. 14.

Beyond offering cruises to some of the most sought-after destinations in the region, Norwegian Pearl will also host the first European Jon Bon Jovi Runaway To Paradise cruise from Aug. 26-30. The sailing, featuring a concert set by legendary musician Jon Bon Jovi and the 11-piece Kings of Suburbia band, provides guests with one-of-a kind immersive experiences and larger-than-life performances, as they sail from Barcelona to Palma, Majorca, Spain.